|Up in the tree in search of food (C)MaurizioPunturi|
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
|The snail is so small, it can fit the eye of a needle (C)Dr.Barna/NikolettSzpisjak|
Researchers in in Guangxi Province in southern China have discovered a new species of land snail that measures a mere 0.86 mm in shell height. The species, called angustopila dominikae, is so small that 10 of the snails can fit into the eye of a needle, according to The Guardian.
The scientists who made the discovery, Barna Páll-Gergely and Takahiro Asami from Shinshu University; Adrienne Jochum of the University and Natural History Museum of Bern; andAndrás Hunyadi, discovered seven new snail species in all, according to a paper in the journal Zookeys.
|James Gray was fined 600 Euros for his 'mistake' (C)CascadeNews|
Jonathan Hogg, a barrister in London is contemplating legal action against Qatar Airways after claims he was bitten by a deadly spider on a flight, leaving him with months of recovery.
“I was struggling to get comfortable during the journey and crossed my legs to get into a better position when I felt a small, sharp pain radiating in my left leg,” he told The Guardian.
The venomous spider bite burst his leg open, forcing doctors to cut a part of his leg off. He continues to receive treatment for the near-fatal attack and said he may need another operation.
|The alleged attackers pose with the victim, who holds her head in her hands|
The teenagers are accused of raping the girl with foreign objects after stripping her naked. They are also accused of forcing her to drink a powerful vodka-based drink before carrying out the attack.
Hundreds of thousands of honeybees were suddenly set loose on an Oklahoma interstate Tuesday after a truck hauling the insects overturned. The accident on southbound Interstate 35 in Garvin County, south of Oklahoma City, was first reported to authorities at around 1 p.m. local time. KOKH-TV reported that dozens of crates containing thousands of bees were scattered along the nearby exit ramp.
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
|The Snapchat picture mistakenly sent to her boss|
A hapless employee was embarrassed after discovering the raunchy snap had been meant for her boyfriend was mistakenly sent to her boss. The anonymous woman had meant to send a late-night treat to her boyfriend
In the image, she's seen hoisting up her T-shirt to reveal her naked stomach and breast .
Alongside the snap, a tempting caption reads: What ur missing this weekend :)"
|Baby was thrown from a 7th floor window of an high-rise building in the Bronx|
Jennifer Berry, 33, is expected to face murder charges after throwing her new born baby from a 7th floor window of an high rise building in the Bronx, New York. The infant was reported to be alive with her umbilical cord still attached when she was thrown by the mother but died from blunt force trauma, the police said.
The 33-year-old, who reportedly denied being pregnant, allegedly told police she gave birth in the shower of her apartment. She claimed the baby wasn't breathing so she threw the baby and the placenta out of the window, the Daily News reported.
Emergency services rushed to the scene, in University Heights, at 2.37pm but the baby was pronounced dead minutes later.
The tragic newborn was discovered by the building super's wife. Berry was taken into custody following the incident.
Kenneth Bolton, 29, who was visiting relatives at the building, told the Daily News: "She was deranged like she was lost, you know when someone has a look in their eyes like they don't know where they are?
"The devil was in her eyes, it was more like not human"
|Jenny Buckleff arrived at her wedding in a coffin (C)CarterNewsAgency|
Jenny Buckleff, 58, shocked her wedding guests when she turned up at her own wedding in a coffin. She said:
‘I just wanted to do something a little bit different! Instead of turning up in a horse-drawn cart, I thought I’m going to turn up in a coffin. I almost didn’t tell Chris but in the end I spilled the beans about three weeks before. He was a bit surprised but said as long as I was happy he would go with the flow. What more can I ask for from a new husband?!. I don’t normally dress like this and I’m not a goth at all. I work for Bet365, so you have to be well presented and I’m normally very smart!
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|The package went through the roof, destroying a dog cage (C)NogalesPoliceDepartment|
Maya Donnelly awoke to what sounded like thunder in the early morning hours, but dismissed it as a typical monsoon storm and went back to sleep. Later that morning, she looked in the carport at her home in Nogales, near the U.S.-Mexico border, and saw pieces of wood on the ground. She found a bulky bundle wrapped in black plastic. Inside was roughly 26 pounds of marijuana — a package that authorities say was worth $10,000 and likely was dropped there accidentally by a drug smuggler's aircraft.
Monday, 28 September 2015
Volkswagen's top-of-the-range automaker Audi today admitted that 2.1million of its diesel cars worldwide are fitted with the sophisticated software enabling them to cheat emission tests. Some 1.42 million Audi vehicles with so-called EU5 engines are affected in Western Europe, with 577,000 in Germany and almost 13,000 in the United States, an Audi spokesman said. Affected model lines include the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3 and Q5.
|Lareeb was strangled to death by her Muslim father for dishonoring the family|
Asadullah Khan, 51, has confessed to killing his 19-year-old daughter, Lareeb, for bringing ‘dishonour’ on their family with her love for a boy he didn’t approve. It was reported that Khan strangled his daughter with his bare hands after she was caught shoplifting condoms for sex with her forbidden boyfriend in Germany.
At least 38 people have been killed, including eight children, and dozens more injured as a result of a suspected coalition airstrike at a wedding hall in southwest Yemen. The airstrike struck the wedding hall in the village of al-Wahijah, according to Yemeni security officials. Along with the bodies of the dead, the injured were taken to the nearby port city of Mokha, which is reportedly controlled by Houthi rebels. Speaking to the Associated Press, a senior government official described the airstrike as a "mistake".
The Arab coalition, which has been carrying out airstrikes against Houthi fighters since March, has not commented on Monday's incident.
|Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria|
Buhari spoke at a meeting with President Xi Jinping of China on the sidelines of the 70th United Nations General Assembly. Buhari also used the occasion to restate his determination to fully sanitise Nigeria’s oil industry and make it totally free of corruption and shady deals.
|Image from the surveillance video|
A male motorist got more than he bargained for when he stopped at a Michigan gas station earlier this week and started a fire when he tried to kill a spider with a cigarette lighter. Surveillance video from the Mobil gas station in Center Line shows flames quickly engulfing the man’s car and the gas pump. The dopey motorist put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. He told authorities he spotted a spider on his gas tank and pulled out his lighter to get rid of it, the station said. He claimed to be deathly afraid of spiders.
“He didn’t have a cigarette. He didn’t have anything on him. All of a sudden I look out and I see flames,” employee Susan Adams told Fox 2.
Calmly, Adams hit the gas automatic stop button and quickly called the Center Line Fire Department. The fire destroyed the gas pump. The motorist’s vehicle suffered little damage.
His stupidity didn’t stop him from returning the next day for another fill up.
Source: Fox News
Taiwan has evacuated thousands of residents and tourists as "super typhoon" Dujuan headed towards the island, gathering strength on its approach to the east coast. Torrential rains and high winds are forecast across Taiwan from Monday afternoon, with landfall predicted around 15:00 GMT.
Almost 3,000 people, most of them tourists, were evacuated on Sunday from Taiwan's Green Island and Orchid Island - popular with visitors. About 4,000 more were moved on Monday in advance of the storm.
Eric Chu, New Taipei mayor, said the people were from vulnerable areas, including the hot spring town of Wulai, just outside Taipei.
|The Kimberley death adder (Acanthophis cryptamydros) (C)RyanJ.Ellis|
Sunday, 27 September 2015
France has carried out its first air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. The announcement from President Francois Hollande's office on Sunday came after a year of hesitation. Hollande had resisted the raids in Syria, saying he did not want to strengthen Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, who is the target of ISIL fighters.
|Jaxon Strong defies doctors by reaching first birthday|
Jaxon was born last August with Microhydranencephaly, an uncurable malformation of the brain. His proud parents Brittany and Brandon are now sharing their story in order to show others that the condition will not define Jaxon's life.
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A court heard just a week earlier Candy had told her husband of 19 years she wanted to leave him in March. But he soon became suspicious about her regular contact with a teenage boy at the school where she taught. Candy was rumbled after James turned detective and filmed footage of her with the pupil after leaving his phone on record in their bedroom.
The devastated husband passed the footage on to the police and his wife was charged with sexual activity with a boy aged under 16. Candy, of Corby, Northants., pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and was jailed for 12 months on Thursday. Sentencing her, Judge Lynn Tayton QC said there was a "clear sexual element" to the contact between the teaching assistant and the boy.
Saturday, 26 September 2015
|A Volkswagen factory (C)Volkswagen|
Switzerland has banned sales of Volkswagen Group car models which may have been outfitted with devices designed to tricking emission tests. The ban, announced on Friday, is on all cars with diesel engines in the Euro 5 emissions category, including VW, Seat, Skoda and other brands in the VW group.
Thomas Rohrbach, spokesman for the Swiss federal office of roadways, said the move could potentially affect 180,000 vehicles that have 1.2-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines. But the ban does not include the cars that are already in circulation.
|Claire Shepherd and her intricate hand tatoo|
Claire, from Swansea, replied explaining she had an intricate tattoo covering her hand in the hope the company would understand. But barely half an hour after being offered a position, she found her services were no longer required.
After months of probes following raids in Zurich which led to the indictment of more than a dozen top officials, Swiss investigators said their attention had now turned to actions carried out by Blatter and Platini.
|The Westgate mall, Kenya|
Dozens of mourners gathered in Nairobi on Sunday at the start of second anniversary commemorations of the Westgate shopping mall attack by militants from Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab. In Nairobi’s Karura forest, a small group of people, many of them survivors or bereaved families, held inter-faith prayers at a site where a memorial stone and a plaque bearing the names of the dead, as well as newly planted trees, was unveiled a year ago.
The attack began on September 21, 2013, when four gunmen entered the mall, spraying shoppers and staff with machine gun fire and tossing grenades into crowds of Saturday shoppers and diners. The attack left 67 dead.
Friday, 25 September 2015
|Picture for illustration (C)bebe-rose|
The ban affects whitening creams and lotions containing mercury and its derivatives, cortisone, vitamin A or more than two percent hydroquinine, a lightening agent that is used to develop photographs.
1. An American woman fell to her death while taking a selfie with her boyfriend on a cliff in South Africa.
2, 3. Two Russian men were killed while taking a selfie with a hand grenade.
4,5,6. Three Indian students were killed by an oncoming train while taking selfies on train tracks.
7. A Romanian teenager was electrocuted when she was taking a selfie on top of a train and touched a high-voltage wire.
|Millions of people were reported to have died between 1940 and 1945 at Auschwitz|
New research shows breastfed babies are no more intelligent than those who are bottle fed, when it comes to IQ
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Scientists at Goldsmith's University in London argue there is no substantial link between breastfeeding and early life intelligence. However, experts concluded long-term factors such as family background had a much bigger impact on children's IQs.
|Shadi Petosky with tears at the airport (C)ShadiPetosky/Twitter|
After waiting alone in the private room, Petosky says that a TSA agent named "Bramlet" entered the room and asked her to return to the scanning machine "as a man or it would be a problem." The scanner currently used in U.S. airports doesn't show details on a person's body, it only highlights possible dangers.
|Baby Brookes was admitted for 5 days after contacting the virus|
Claire Henderson gave this warning on her Facebook page after her baby girl, Brooke, after her baby was hospitalised and almost killed by cold sore virus. She reported that the sores started appearing on her face, in the back of her throat and on her lips.
She said a friend who knew about the potential dangers told her to take her to hospital immediately. Ms Henderson, from Doncaster, said: "I know this sounds like I am scaremongering but if my friend had not told me about this my baby girl could have been very seriously ill.
|Barman's arm and clothing was discovered sticking out of the road|
Thursday, 24 September 2015
|Mike Vegas posted this picture on his Facebook page|
A Dominos in Berkeley, California was reported to have accidentally delivered $1,300 in a take away Dominos box marked “chicken wings”, to a customer in San Francisco. Mike Vegas, a bartender at AT&T Park told NBC Bay Area he thought he was going to have the night off so he ordered some pizza and wings. But when he got called into work, he stuck the box of wings in the fridge unopened.
"I got off work really late, and when I came back home I found the cash in the delivery box, a refrigerated deposit” Vegas told the station. "I was rubbing my eyes at 5 a.m., laughing at myself."
At least 717 people have been killed in a stampede at the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia's civil defense directorate said, as the death toll continued to rise. The directorate said at least 863 other pilgrims were injured in Thursday's stampede, which took place in Mina, on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca.
The injured have been evacuated to four different hospitals in the Mina region, according to a civil defense spokesman. Mina is where pilgrims carry out a symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing pebbles against three stone walls. It also houses more than 160,000 tents where pilgrims spend the night during the pilgrimage.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
|Martin Winterkorn (C)AP|
Mr Winterkorn he was "shocked" by recent events and that the firm needed a "fresh start".
He added that he was "not not aware of any wrong doing on my part" but was acting in the interest of the company.
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The hospital mortuary administrator Carolina Macuacua told the news agency, “What happened was that a colleague put the bodies of the stillbirths in the vehicle carrying ordinary hospital waste”.
The mayor, Calisto Cossa has since issued an apology for the negligence and said, “We know this was a human error, and for that reason, we present our apology not only to the citizens of Matola, but also to the Mozambican society”.
The UN children's agency Unicef lists Mozambique as among the sub-Saharan countries with a high stillbirth rate.
|Annie and Arsene Wenger (C)GettyImages|
They initially lived in different countries, with Annie staying in Monaco while Wenger lived in London after taking over at Arsenal in 1996. However, weeks before the wedding, Wenger, 65, was reported to have become close to French rapper Sonia Tatar.
Volkswagen AG said Tuesday that some 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with software at the center of a U.S. emissions scandal, and that it is setting aside around 6.5 billion euros ($7.3 billion) to cover the fallout. In the wake of the company's statement, the share price of the world's top-selling carmaker took another battering. In midday trading in Frankfurt, VW's share price was down another 18.8 percent at 108.45 euros and near a four-year low. The fall comes on top of Monday's hefty 17 percent decline.
The Poland striker came on after the break and stunned Wolfsburg with three goals in four minutes, starting in the 51st, to turn the game on its head. He struck twice more in the next five minutes, including a spectacular volley for the fastest five-goal haul in the Bundesliga's 52-year history.
|The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (C)MariTefre/SvalbardGlobale|
The civil war in Syria has prompted the first withdrawal of seeds from a "doomsday" vault built in an Arctic mountainside to safeguard global food supplies. The seeds, including samples of wheat, barley and grasses suited to dry regions, have been requested by researchers elsewhere in the Middle East to replace seeds in a gene bank near the Syrian city of Aleppo that has been damaged by the war.
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
|Selfie taken by a macaque monkey in Indonesia|
|Fidel Lopez, charged for disemboweling girlfriend|
Lopez called the emergency services to his Florida home on Sunday morning, claiming his partner was having trouble breathing. Officers responding said they found him crying in the bathroom next to 31-year-old Maria Nemeth's naked body, the Associated Press reports.Police say Lopez initially told investigators that the couple had been having sex when Nemeth went into the bathroom, vomited and collapsed. After further questioning, Lopez revealed that he became enraged with Nemeth when she called out her ex-husband's name during sex and he attacked and disemboweled her.
Miami CBS Localreports Lopez told officers he and Nemeth had been indulging in rough sex after drinking tequila.
Source: Huffington Post
|Hundreds and millions of iPhone and iPad users at risk of malicious code|
Apple store has been hit by its first major hack and hundreds and millions of iPhone and iPad users are reported to be at risk. The malicious code is found in some of China’s most popular Apps. Apparently, hackers convinced legitimate app developers to use fake Apple software. They were then able to embed malicious codes on popular Chinese apps. Messaging app WeChat, taxi app Didi Kuaidi and a music app were all hit and Apple says it has started removing the infected iPhone and iPad programs. The clean-up came after several cyber security firms reported finding a malicious program dubbed XcodeGhost embedded in hundreds of legitimate apps.
Monday, 21 September 2015
|The Taj Mahal|
|The inquest into Ms Leaper's death was held at Oxford Coroner's Court (C)PA|
|Viola Davis giving her acceptance speech (C)LucyNicholson/Reuters|
Viola Davis’s win is the first for an African-American actress in the drama category. In 1966, Bill Cosby was the first African-American actor to win an acting award in any category, an honor he won for three years in a row in the drama category for his role on “I Spy.” Isabel Sanford was the first African-American actress to win the Emmy for best actress in a comedy series, in 1981, for her role in “The Jeffersons.” And the first African-American actor to win best actor in a comedy series was Robert Guillaume in 1985, for his work on “Benson.”
Viola Davis won for ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder,” becoming the first African-American actress to win a best drama actress Emmy.